A good book always makes me want to learn more about its contents, yet I seldom make the effort. But that will change with the advent of Mr. Peabody's Corner of Research and Revelation. Here I will explore items related to a recent read, follow up on topics of interest and provide you, the blog reader, with the opportunity to do the same.
Today's starting point is a historical mystery by Max Allan Collins titled Bye Bye, Baby. In this story, PI Nathan Heller is hired by Marilyn Monroe to protect her from potential unknown threats. As the tale unfolds we learn of Monroe's intimate relationships with both John and Robert Kennedy, JFK's incessant womanizing and ties with the mob, and brother Robert's infidelity and flexible morality. The author also provides plausible conspiracy theories which explain Marilyn's death. Other characters of interest in this book include Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford and Chicago crime boss Sam Giancana.
As I read this piece of historical fiction, questions arise and I wonder how much of the writing is factual, how much is speculative, and how much is simply fabricated to make an interesting story. So here are some of my questions and some titles that might provide answers.
What is the generally accepted explanation for Marilyn Monroe's death?
JFK is remembered as one of the greatest presidents, but what was the reality of his personal character?
The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled
Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, The Castros, and the Politics of Murder
The John F. Kennedy Handbook
Forty Ways to Look at JFK
Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America
Robert Kennedy is known for his harsh stance against organized crime. Did this public persona hide an unrepentant womanizer who was willing to compromise his ideals?
How did Marilyn die? Did she have affairs with both John and Robert Kennedy? Was JFK involved with organized crime?
That's What They Want You to Think: Conspiracies Real, Possible and Paranoid
The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence
The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia
What kind of a person was Frank Sinatra and what kind of involvement did he have with organized crime?
Peter Lawford was a member of Sinatra's rat pack, but was also JFK's brother-in-law. What was his role in Marilyn's death and in the Kennedy's lives?
Was Chicago crime lord Sam Giancana employed by JFK's administration to assassinate Fidel Castro? Did Giancana and Kennedy share a mistress?
Can't talk anymore, gotta research.
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